* Posts by Snar

111 posts • joined 10 Jan 2012

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Coat

"Sorry, the Doctor can't fight the Daleks today, she's on the blob and she's crying into a large box of chocolates"

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

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Sad..

My condolences to his family.

I was walking home from school back in the early 80's and a girl was perched on a window ledge. A lot of kids gathered and started chanting "jump...jump...jump" and the poor girl did. It was horrible. I didn't chant a thing I just ran home after I heard the impact.

It just shows how evil people can be. I'm glad I don't have that on my conscience.

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Months late, unaudited: ZX Spectrum reboot firm files accounts

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Re: Accounts?

The new fag packets in Cancer Green are impossible to write on. Even the manufacturers haven't got space amidst warning and horrible pictures to adorn the packets with their logo....

But at least one design has a picture of what looks like Farage with tubes hanging out of his mouth about to kick the bucket. We can only dream....

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

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Re: whatever way the Throwers (sorry Baggage Handlers) feel like

This reminds me of this old chestnut....

Did you know that fork-lift drivers don't like jokes?

They find them unpalatable...

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Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

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Re: Possibly listening to

Possible playlist at the time -

Nirvana - Lithium

Michael Burks - I Smell Smoke

50 Cent - Heat

Alberta - Ears on Fire

Andy Ard - Hair on Fire

Oshlapov - Pour Water

ItaloBrothers - Stamp on the Ground

Shinedown - State of my Head

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Looks like she also grew an instantaneous beard as well, poor girl :(

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Finally proof that Apple copies Samsung: iPhone 7 Plus halts, catches fire like a Galaxy Note 7

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Re: Water damage

I was just about to post a similar comment.

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Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system

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Idiots

I had to laugh when I drove past a small farm with a "Vote Leave" placard outside. "I want to lose my livelihood" would most likely have been more accurate.

Fuck them and the retards that have voted to lose their jobs when companies they work for leave the UK to remain in the EU. Fuck fuckity fuck you all, you deranged, unintelligent, small minded cocks.

Thanks for screwing my country up for me. I'm so looking forward to hearing the Brexiters bleat when the ramifications of what they have lead us into start to bite them hard.

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Seagate laying off 2,217 employees

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I wonder how long after the commercial demise of the mechanical HDD it will take to see the Omega DataMaster, Rolex OysterSpin Perpetual and the Jaeger-LeCoultre USB3 Classic...?

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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Nice one!

Thanks for this.

Lester was a huge part of who El Reg is/was. The Register has been my home page since the early 2000's.

We need his protégée. Seek and ye shall find.

RIP Lester.

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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Re: I remember when ...

Cat's whiskers...Luxury! I remember having to chew down bits of rusty nail to make the filings for my coherer.

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Meat pies in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

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Joke

That would be a roll manoeuvre?

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Re: FAIL

No, that pie was made of the right stuff! :)

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

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Re: ,So there's an online fix for not being able to get online?

For some reason, this gave me a mental image of a smiling garden gnome-type creature being bundled in the box.

30 years ago I was a kollidge stoodint and could only afford an XT clone. My how the other half lived :)

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Apple's Airpod wireless earbuds finally go on sale after six-week delay

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Re: £159 .....

I use the B&O Earset 3 with my iPhone - second set I've had in about 10 years. First pair died of old-age and I've had the second pair for about a year. For the money, I'd rather buy these than stupid wireless things that don't solve a problem. Apples removal of the 3.5mm audio jack was a complete self-immolation.

I don't want people think I'm walking around with Braun toothbrush heads hanging out my ears...

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BT's hiring! 500 more customer service folk to answer your angry calls

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Re: What?

You beat me to it :)

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Double-DIMMed XPoint wastes sockets

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Re: Good image selection...

To be able to force a Europlug into a BS1363 socket, you need to use something to lower the shutters covering the Live and Neutral by forcing something into the Earth terminal. If you try and push a Europlug into a BS1363 socket without defeating the Earth, then it won't engage.

So if you have the basic intelligence to understand how to defeat the shuttering and lack the common sense to plug the appliance in correctly and use just one pin in the defeated socket, then:

a) The appliance won't work.

b) You have a problem with your sight because one of the pins of the Europlug is not in the socket.

c) A Darwin Award is your personal goal.

Or have I missed something here?

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US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement

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Re: AND....

I had a similar event with a Vectra - Fan packed up and conveniently took out the controls, again costing £500 to fix. Of course, any designer worth his salt would have designed the electronics to detect a failed motor and fold back. But we are talking about an industry that is geared around hammering suppliers down on price and arse-raping their customers when something fails.

I also have major financial woes with various computers, handbrake, suspension, wipers and wing-mirror faults on the same car with a total repair bill of over £4k in about 3 years once the warranty had run out.

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'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media

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Re: Change at VM Long Overdue

I disagree with your comments on the comparison of media used to deliver to the home. Chucking RF at a pair of crappy twisted of antiquated wires of unknown characteristic and hoping for the best (xDSL) is a bit different to using a properly terminated cable designed to handle the required bandwidth. One works predictably and the other is junk.

I have a consistent 100Mb connection with Virgin come rain, snow, wind or shine (although a recent local thunderstorm caused a local problem, but was fixed in hours).

Plus I hate Bastard Telecom with a passion.

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BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

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Re: Half Life 3

US2345723B - The use of copper to carry electricity.

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Bastard Telecom....

I hate this company with an absolute passion. Since they started to peddle powerline junk I have vowed to never again pay for their services.

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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

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Re: Why?

If the data transfer is 100MB over 3 mins, there is little point in implementing USB3. I get where you are coming from, though. Zippier flash and USB3 would have made this a really fantastic product.

Sounds a useful piece of kit for faffing about with and pulling photo's off my iPhone into an archive on the device so I can share them at the time rather than having to download them from the cloud. So IMO it does appear to solve a problem. I've ordered the 128GB version today, and am quite hopeful....

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Lester Haines: RIP

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I'm so sad to hear this. Lester was easily my favourite El Reg journalist. I will never forget "Bloke takes missus up the Oxo Tower".

My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

RIP :(

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Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

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Yes!

I've been waiting for this bunch of cockwombles to finally crawl away into a corner and rot...

Yay!

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Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dead at 42

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Re: RIP

Why does Ians death make you "wonder how flawed the open source community is"?

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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Fuck off Redmond

I had my fill of Windows and it shitness years ago. I migrated to Ubuntu and am still running 12.04 because it works and works well for me. I can do all I want to do with Linux and it's fast. My AV machine is an iMac and things work nicely. My work laptop runs Windows 7 and it's dog shit slow.

I'd rather have a cervical smear rather that choose Windows as an operating system.

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Testing CarPlay with Apple’s most expensive ever accessory

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Re: Buttons

Touch-screens in my mind are not good in cars. I had one in my previous car (VW) and it was more of a distraction trying to find what I wanted to listen to. The BMW iDrive is quite a good solution IMO, you don't need to engage so much with the screen and is less of a distraction.

Toys are great but have their place. Distracting drivers with an overcomplex UI is not a good use of tech.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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Very simplistic video which doesn't take into account real world musical signals. We don't listen to sine waves or square waves. Had he used a two-tone generator (non-harmonically related) I think it would have been a more interesting and realistic video and demonstrated intermodulation at lower bit depths. He also didn't discuss output filtering or phase response.

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I think an increase in bit depth is more beneficial than a expanded bandwidth.

What does concern me is the current fashion for most high-end manufacturers to upsample audio to non-integer sample rates.

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Re: Bizarre And Inexplicable Opinion.

After some critical listening, my view is that most legacy recordings that have been remastered to 24/96 are not worth buying if you have either the CD or FLAC. But properly recorded HD material can sound extremely good.

Take a listen to some of the HD samplers on 2l.no. This stuff has re-kindled a sleeping interest in audio in me :)

YMMV

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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I would rather have a cervical smear rather than buy another VXR "performance car". Load of wank. OK, this is made by Holden, but the Baboons who work in the dealerships will fcuk it up for you if the car itself doesn't go titsup and charge a fortune in spare parts and labour. Avoid.

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

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Our cats are named Derek and Clive :)

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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El Reg

There are reasons why El Reg has been my home page for the last 20-odd years, and this article is one.

Oh...and the Peter Cook homage on the same day..... :)

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Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars

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FAIL

Oooh lovely....

Crappy ads on my dashboard....

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Having a Web Summit? Get some decent Wi-Fi!

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Joke

Don't they have....

Web summit or others up in Yorkshire?

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Go now!

I just caught the end of an interview on Wireless 4 with someone from the SNP bleating on about having another referendum within the next 5 years.

I hate Salmond with a passion - In the event of a No vote, I'd like to see him hung drawn and quartered, but sadly I think that's just a little against the law.

So long as they take their share of the debt and most importantly are no longer allowed to enjoy the use of the Pound (rough with the smooth...) then good luck to them. As a previous commentard made, it will be nice to watch Salmond trying to explain away the failure to deliver on his promises and maybe it's the Scots that will put his to the gallows.

As for TV - I wonder what will happen to the BBC. It's British after all. I hope they can all get the Outer Hebrides Broadcasting Corporation....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm9I4hbyY6M

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British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal

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Trollface

Graphic

Dear El Reg,

You need to head over to b3ta.com and enlist a tame graphic artist / Photoshop hack to create your strap images.

This one lets the side down a little. C- Good effort but not quite there :)

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

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Re: Article correction

Beat me to it.....

Nefarious secret arseholes.

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SpaceX 'Dragon V2' ROCKET PODULE can hover-land on Earth - or MARS

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Re: But how ?

Two big Hoovers either side of the Dragon sucked them up!

I had to do a re-take :)

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Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'

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Re: Or Ethernet

Thanks for the link, Arthur. I enjoyed reading the article.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: A good whine

Fantastic....

This is bollocks of the highest order! I wonder if they make magical PHY's to go with them - not forgetting the connectors that the things are supposed to plug into....

A more cynical exploitation of the gullible than Peter Belt and his audio quackery in the 90's.

I take my hat off to them!

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Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68

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Re: Just me?

No, I thought so too.

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Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS

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A pointless concern in the grand scheme of things.

I don't give a rat's arse about SSL snooping - that's a vuln that can be fixed. It's corporate data theft that really pisses me off - but no-one wants do do anything about because it's apparently legal. Apps such as LinkedIn can steal your contact lists from the mobile app and fuck knows what Facebook is up to in the background.

I had a notification that Dropbox are going to change their terms and conditions - No idea what they will be doing and I don't give a shit. It's going. My trust is gone in "free" apps. All these c**ts want is your personal information. Same as the care.data shite. Harvest peoples info and flog it.

The net isn't what it was 15 years ago - marketing bastards see it as a convenient way of stealing information by way of small print and profiting from it and mobile OS vendors seem to be quite happy to provide methods via the API to allow this to happen.

The whole ethos of the net is fucked and exploitation of vulnerabilities is a minor crack in the huge hole of distrust and contempt that I have for companies who appear to be whiter-than-white but have nefarious aims.

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Facebook-for-suits biz LinkedIn shares drop on weakened 2014 outlook

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Spammed-in

I think I'll be dropping LinkedIn as they stole the contents of my Yahoo email contacts list without me expressly giving the authority to do so.

https://community.linkedin.com/questions/29749/how-can-i-stop-linkedin-from-mining-my-email-conta.html

Bastards!

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Woman whipped gun from vagina in SPACE ALIEN spat, reports Officer Zook

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A gun in the hand is worth two in the bush...

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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HP-28C

My first boss had an HP-28C and I loved using it, so bought one myself. Sadly the LCD got damaged my some detritus that came flying out of a motor that I was testing. So I ended up trading it in for an HP48GX which never had the same feel as the 28. I still use the 48 today and also have the HP-48 emulator on my iPhone.

Before that, I had the Sharp PC-1403 Pocket Computer which I still have and used to store formula's for when I took my exams at Poly. I should put some new batteries in it and see if it still works after all these years.

RPN IMO works well. I've always liked it.

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Universal Credit: £40 MILLION and counting's been spaffed up the wall on useless IT gear

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IBS should be more apt given the stress of seeing the spaffing so much taxpayers money.

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Climate change makes phones obsolete: ITU

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The one thing that always works in emergency comms scenario's is HF radio - specifically NVIS (Near Vertical Incident Skywave) where a signal is propagated vertically towards the ionosphere and is reflected back to ground in an parasol illumination pattern covering hundreds of miles. Gets over any V/UHF line of sight issues and is extremely robust, especially when coupled with modern digital modulation schemes such as Olivia which can resolve signals -13dB below the noise floor. I've used 500mW to establish reliable comms over 500 miles.

No need to put up large antenna structures or run kW of power - a low slung dipole as an inverted Vee with an apex of about 8m and ends close to ground is all that is needed.

But ITU-R also deem the best use of HF spectrum is PLT and g.fast.

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